This February and March Narrabri is going to be undertaking a ‘Tough Enough’ mental fitness campaign project. The project aims to increase mental health knowledge, reduce stigma around help-seeking behaviour and create a positive culture around proactively managing our mental health.
We know Narrabri people, like country people generally, are a tough bunch; strong, resilient and hardy. We work in a tough environment where it can be challenging to look after ourselves, manage our stress and ask for help when we struggle. However we know it takes courage to see when we or others are struggling; it also takes real courage to speak up, start a conversation or ask for help.
So we want to challenge each and every one of you… Are You Tough Enough?
- Are you tough enough – to look after yourself?
- Are you tough enough – to notice the signs someone is struggling?
- Are you tough enough – to talk about it?
- Are you tough enough – to encourage your mates to help?
- Are you tough enough – to ask for help yourself?
You will see posters, social media videos, information in The Courier, Narrabri High School and community group workshops, education opportunities (Community Support Skills and Mental Health First Aid) and a community-wide event with Gus Worland all popping up to build the information and knowledge you have to better support yourself, your families, your mates and your community.
This project is facilitated by RAMHP and Highway to Well in collaboration with fantastic partners such as Gotcha4Life and Tomorrow Man/Woman, Narrabri High School, Narrabri Rugby Club, Narrabri Soccer Club, Narrabri Women’s Shed, Narrabri Country University Centre and local service organisations.
Written by RAMHP Coordinator Letitia Cross, these weekly blogs feature in The Courier and talk about mental health, mental illness and being ‘tough enough’.
- Week 1: Narrabri, are you Tough Enough?
- Week 2: Are you tough enough…to look after yourself?
- Week 3: It’s just a conversation…
- Week 4: Are you tough enough to encourage someone to help?
- Week 5: Once the paint fades, and the ribbons are off the lapel… What has changed?
- Week 6: Why didn’t they ask for help?
You can access these resources (and more) by clicking on the links below:
- You Got This Mate website designed for rural men, providing tips and info to help rural men reach their best possible mental health.
- How Are You Going poster?
- Let’s Talk fact sheet: Rural Adversity
- Let’s Talk fact sheet: Where to find help for mental health concerns
- Let’s Talk fact sheet: Mental Health Phone Services
- Conversations Matter when someone is thinking about suicide
- Take Time magazine – stories of hope and courage from across NSW
- Andrew’s story
- Laura’s story
- Kaiden’s story